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Balance Levels of Involvement as a Sports Parent

Balance Levels

How to Be a Supportive Sports Parent A sports parent asks: “How can I help my children really own their own sports experience?” Sports parents can sometimes forget that the sports experience should belong to their children. When parents are too intrusive, controlling, or over-involved, it undermines kids’ experience. Sports … Read Sport Psychology Tip

When Parents Force Kids to Specialize in One Sport

When Kids Are Forced to Complete in One Sport

Young Athletes’ Motivation For Playing Sports A young athlete writes: “My father made me start taekwondo when I was still very young. I am tired of the injuries and with the fact that they don’t care if I am hurt or not. I still like the sport but I am … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Sports Parents Who Pressure Their Kids

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Do You Place High Expectations On Your Young Athletes? In “Mental Training Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about sports parents who pressure their kids. Visit Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Sports Parents Make Mistakes, Too

Youth Sports Psychology

Mistakes in Sports Parents Often, we receive emails from sports parents confessing they did the opposite of what we recommend in our programs and online tips. Like their kids, they can be very hard on themselves. They focus on their mistakes and can’t seem to get their minds off them. … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How Should Sports Parents Behave Before A Game?

Youth Sports Psychology

Sport Parents Behavior Before Games Lisa Cohn here to tell you all about the challenges I encountered before my son’s first soccer game. Truth is, I was nervous for Michael. He’s six years old and this was the first sports game he had ever played. I wanted it to be … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How Unruly Crowds and Parents Hurt Kids’ Confidence

Youth Sports Psychology

How Can Sports Parents Distract Kids? Unruly parents and crowds can really hurt kids’ confidence, says Gil Fried, professor and head of the sport management department at the University of New Haven and an expert on crowd control. Why? Just think about it. When athletes are trying to perform, what … Read Sport Psychology Tip